Atlanta Motorcycle Schools
Ken and JoAnna Murray
January 1, 2010
Greetings Fellow Motorcyclists!
We are in the coldest time of the year. Taking extra precautions
when riding is of the utmost importance
Wearing the best gear
you have and shortening the length of your ride will help to insure
your well being.
Some of our best riding is during the colder months of January
and February. The leaves are off the treesyou can see through
the curves better. There is less traffic on the roads. And the motorcycle
seems to run a little better in the colder temperatures.
Wear the proper gear, stop more frequently, and know the roads
you are planning to ride. Overnight freezing temperatures can linger
through part of the day and reduce thawing of the ice spots out
there. Watch for the black ice and give your tires a bit longer
to "warm up" before any hard leans, acceleration, or braking.
You can dehydrate in cold temperatures as well has hot, so drink
plenty of water. If you drink coffee, do so sparingly as the caffeine
is not so good for you! And above all avoid alcoholwhich you
should always avoid when riding
If you would like to discuss any of this with JoAnna or me, call/email
Bad News or Bad Statistics?
Some time ago CNN was broadcasting the latest gloomy news from
the National Transportation Safety Board, which in essence points
out that although motorcycles only account for 2% of U.S. vehicle
registrations, they account for about 10% of the US motorized highway
fatalities. This appears to be another negative rerun statistic
published by the negative media.
We can only keep in mind that while the total number of crashes
is going up, the overall number of motorcycles in use has been increasing
with nearly double digit growth for the past 14 years.
The Wall Street Journal shortly after the CNN broadcast published
a story noting that new motorcycles are: "Bigger, faster, and
deadlier". While this may be only partially true, the statement
misses a couple of key points when regurgitating an insurance industry
study. Later, the article completely misses the mark by claiming
"superbikes" are killing people, only to contradict themselves
in the conclusion: "in 2005, riders age 40 or older accounted
for 47% of motorcycle fatalities, compared with 24% 10 years earlier.
In the same period, the fatality percentage for riders younger than
30 years of age fell to 32% from 41%." Riders over the age
of 40 are more likely killing themselves on cruisers!! As much as
the media would like to place the blame on younger riders (under
30), the sportbike fatality rate has actually been declining despite
the rapid growth in that group!!
This lack of balanced reporting by the media doesn't mention the
number of GPS, cell phones and other electronic devices that are
providing numerous distractions and becoming more and more prevalent
with our drivers.
A partial answer to the increasing crash rate might be to make
more quality education and awareness available to the motorcycle
riders and automobile drivers. Quality on-street motorcycle education
is severely lacking in this country and should be addressed. Only
two schools come to mind that provide this much higher level of
motorcycle education. These are Atlanta Motorcycle Schools (www.jkminc.com)
and Stayin' Safe (www.stayinsafe.com).
International Motorcycle Shows
The International Motorcycle Show schedule is as follows. Some
of you may have attended the show in Greenville last January.
||January 8-10, 2010
| Washington, DC
||January 15-17, 2010
|New York, NY
||January 22-24, 2010
||January 29-31, 2010
|Daytona Beach, FL
|| March 3-7, 2010
Notice that the IMS has returned to Daytona in March after a long
And don't forget to attend Georgia's own Motorcycle Show in Norcross.
The Great American Motorcycle Show
January 22-24, 2010 Georgia's biggest and only indoor show. Over
12,000 S.F. of new cycles for 2010, plus parts, accessories, and
everything you need to get on the open road at great show prices!
North Atlanta Trade Center (www.northatlantatradecenter.com)-
As a reminder, we always recommend continuing education and the
path to not only maintaining good rider skills but increasing our
level of riding.
Courses we recommend include:
Accident Scene Management - www.accidentscene.net
Atlanta Motorcycle Schools - www.jkminc.com
Stayin' Safe - www.stayinsafe.com
Motorcycle safety Foundation BRC and ERC - www.msf-usa.org
Red Cross 1st Aid and CPR courses
Reg Pridgmore's CLASS - www.classrides.com
You may notice that "track days" are NOT on our recommended
list. If you care for our take on "track days", call JoAnna
or me at 770 573 9902.
Handgun Classes Coming Soon!
Our next NRA Basic Handgun classes will be scheduled for February
and March of this year. If have been considering purchasing a handgun
or have just received one during the recent holidays, or even simply
need to refresh your skills; contact JoAnna and me for more information
to enroll in one of our earlier classes.
Avoiding Deer and other Critters
Cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours bring increased
activity and the arrival of the deer breeding season. With the change
from daylight savings time, you need to remind yourself when driving
to take extra care to avoid hitting deer - as bucks begin aggressively
looking for does this month.
Hunting season has begun in many states and the presence of hunters
in the woods will also increase deer activity. Pay close attention
when riding in the low-light conditions of dawn and dusk.
Each year there are usually more than 50,000 deer/vehicle collisions
just in the state of Georgia. Sometimes you not only wreck or damage
your car or motorcycle but you may even be injured.
Remember to slow down when driving in areas known for holding deer.
Watch for those deer-crossing signs, and use your high beams in
Tips to avoiding deer collisions:
||Use one long blast of your horn to alert the deer
to your approach. We have found this works well with other critters,
||Brake slowly to reduce your speed, and don't swerve,
as this may confuse the animal.
||Be aware that deer generally travel in groups;
if you see one deer, there are probably more very close by.
As riding skills refresher education is always a requirement to
keep up our skills (mental and physical), we would suggest that
you consider planning to schedule in the early spring (late February,
March and April) for one or more of our street courses. More will
be mentioned in next month's UPDATE.
Two Wheel TuesdayLink Correction
Last month we gave a link to one of the motorcycle groups we enjoy
in north Georgia. Unfortunately, there was an extra character which
caused this link to work incorrectly. And then the site moved to
a new address this month. The current, correct link is www.twtmcgroup.info.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year in 2010!
Ken and JoAnna
|As always, we encourage you to submit observations, evaluations,
and experiences relating to the benefits of appropriate rider gear, good
street education, and skill enhancement opportunities. Email your thoughts,
comments, questions, and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride smart, ride safe, ride home! As always, feel free to call us at (770)
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